Josh Maja said he saw a dream come true when he marked his debut with a bracket to help Fulham bolster its Premier League survival hopes with a deserved win at Everton

The guests were by far the better team in the first half but were frustrated when they missed several scoring opportunities Bobby Decordova-Reid hit the post and Harrison Reed drove past

But their dominance was rewarded early in the second half when Maja – a deadline on loan from Bordeaux – came in to bring Ola Aina’s cross home from close range

Maja, 22, made a great debut with a second and typed in after Reed’s shot hit the wood

The former Sunderland striker said: “This is a night I’ve dreamed of for a long time I had a feeling it was coming and I was excited to see it become a reality

“We took our chances and performed well again We want to continue like this””

Everton have been consistently poor and although Seamus Coleman cut the outside of the post in the first half, they rarely looked like a goal

Joshua King had the ball late in the net but was disqualified for offside

There is still much work to be done to help Fulham escape the fall That victory brought the security deficit down to seven points, but it will greatly increase their hopes that they can fight their way out of trouble

This was a much-needed win for a Fulham side who have been competitive in games many times this season However, unless she converted chances into goals, they have rarely received the rewards that justified their accomplishments

They had 20 shots on goal last time at West Ham but only two of them were on target as they had to settle for a frustrating draw and it looked like that pattern would continue this game since they missed numerous chances the first half

But after Aleksandar Mitrovic battled for goals this season, Fulham has missed out on a clinical striker who can capitalize on the many opportunities they create – but those performances suggest Maja could be that man

None of the goals of the former Sunderland striker were fantastic, but the crucial thing was that he was in the right place at the right time to get the ball into the net

Maja’s impact and this result could provide the spark Fulham needed to get out of the relegation zone

“It made the difference today,” Fulham chief executive Scott Parker said when asked if his side can find the back of the net

“I keep telling this team, you can’t keep creating opportunities, and that’s a good marker for keeping the faith

“We were on the wrong side of fine margins, but in and around the six-yard box we took opportunities and made a big win”

Everton is enjoying one of its best seasons in the Premier League after taking 37 points to seventh and just three points to top four in 22 games

Even so, performances like this highlight a frustrating problem that the toffees seem to have on home soil

Only four of their eleven league victories were achieved at Goodison Park, where they have been since 19 December have not won the Premier League again This was another flat performance from Carlo Ancelotti’s team

This was far from their brilliant performance in the FA Cup 5-4 win in the fifth round against Tottenham in the middle of the week when they sorely missed Dominic Calvert-Lewin in attack

They didn’t get a single shot on goal in the first half and only two in the second half, but both efforts – from Gylfi Sigurdsson and Michael Keane – came after they had already lost 2-0

This was a real opportunity for Everton to underline their qualifications as a top 4 competitor, but they came out disappointingly short

BBC Sport’s Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti: “[We struggled with] the physical aspect [after the 5-4 midweek win over Spurs]

“In practice we couldn’t play the way we wanted. We wanted to have good control of the game and bring more midfielders onto the field, but they squeeze a lot and we couldn’t play the way we want”

Everton receives on Wednesday (203 p.m. GMT) Premier League leaders Manchester City, while Fulham on the same day (Jan.00:00) travels to Burnley earlier

Attempt blocked Gylfi Sigurdsson’s (Everton) header from the center of the box is blocked. Bernard set up with a cross

Attempt blocked Ben Godfrey (Everton) right footed shot from the center of the box is blocked

Attempt saved Michael Keane (Everton) with an attempt from the center of the penalty area is saved in the middle of the goal Prepared by Mason Holgate with a cross

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